Download e-book for kindle: Flowing through time: a history of the lower Chattahoochee by Lynn Willoughby

By Lynn Willoughby

This good-looking, illustrated publication chronicles the heritage of the reduce Chattahoochee River and the folks who lived alongside its banks from prehistoric Indian payment to the current day.In hugely obtainable, lively prose, Lynn Willoughby takes readers down the decrease Chattahoochee River and during the centuries. in this trip, the writer starts off by means of interpreting the 1st encounters among local americans and ecu explorers and the overseas contest for keep watch over of the quarter within the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.Throughout the publication can pay specific awareness to the Chattahoochee's the most important position within the monetary improvement of the world. within the early to mid-nineteenth century--the starting of the age of the steamboat and a interval of swift development for cities alongside the river--the river used to be a tremendous waterway for the cotton alternate. The centrality of the river to trade is exemplified by way of the Confederacy's efforts to guard it from Federal forces in the course of the Civil War.Once railroads and highways took where of river shuttle, the commercial significance of the river shifted to the construction of dams and gear vegetation. This as a result resulted in the growth of the fabric undefined. within the final 3 a long time, the river has been the focal point of environmental matters and the topic of "water wars" due to the fast progress of Atlanta.Written for the armchair historian and the student, the ebook offers the 1st entire social, financial, and environmental heritage of this significant Alabama-Georgia-Florida river. ancient photos and maps support carry the river's interesting tale to existence.  

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The catch was roasted, baked, or fried and served as the main course for a moonlight feast and dance. 30 The towns of Coweta and Cusseta, on either side of the river, claimed fishing holes on their respective sides of the river just below the waterfalls that mark the present-day city of Columbus. Fishermen also caught fish using gill nets, trotlines, baskets, and rock traps. At night they built fires in their canoes to attract the fish to them, then speared the fish or shot them with arrows as they swam toward the light.

A-cee was drunk by the town elders in their order of importance while a singer chanted "Yaa-hoo-laa," holding each note as long as possible. Each drinker pressed the cup to his lips until the singer stopped. The singer and server was designated as the "A-cee Yahola" ("black drink singer"). " Since the drink was an emetic, when the men drank a lot of it they vomited the a-cee in a great show which resulted in the spewing of the liquid six or more feet in the air. 25 Bathing was another daily ritual that the Creeks' custom and religion Page 16 required.

In practical terms, the rule of blood retaliation meant that "if a small boy accidentally put out the eye of a playmate, it was incumbent upon the injured child's clan to put out the eye of the other child. 19 Besides the unifying effect the clans had on Creek civilization, two traditions helped to bond the Chattahoochee tribes in spite of their decentralization and diversity. Ball games were one source of camaraderie. Every Creek town had a ball yard near the town square and meeting house. Local ball teams were organized into two leagues.

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